Aphrodite is a French-language novel by Pierre Louÿs. Set in Alexandria, the novel tells the story of Chrysis, a courtesan, and the sculptor Démétrios. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 8 by Pierre Louÿs. Aphrodite: Moeurs antiques by Pierre Louÿs. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.

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Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. This sordid tale lives up to every inch of its tawdry reputation. Which is not to say the overall “erotic” tone is aohrodite present – apjrodite opening scenes in which Chrysis luxuriates in sleeping late, bathing and performing her daily ablutions and toilette, while admiring and enjoying her body are a masterclass in subtle, tactile, erotic writing – with a sensory evocation of texture, color, surface, light and scent; and a focus on hair, skin, water, perfume, atmosphere, dressing, costume and tinting.

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Summary Discuss Reviews 0 Louuys sur la poitrine, aphrrodite coudes pierrd avant, les jambes ecartees et la joue dans la main, elle piquait de petits trous symetriques dans un oreiller de lin vert, avec une longue epingle d’or. DIXON’ written smally in ink on the top edge of the first front free endpaper. She presses her desire, so he makes her swear, as he had, to do his bidding, before revealing what it is: Marc rated it liked it Jan 23, The worst insult that Delacroix could address to men, the insult that he hurled without distinction against the decriers of Rubens and the detractors of Ingres, was the terrible word: As he ponders the situation the next day, we see him struggle between his emotions and his reason as he faces his challenging tasks.


Early, authorized English translation of Louys’s erotic classic. Many of the illustrations contain nudity.

Very Good with no dust jacket. The climax, which I will reveal only in a spoiler space later, involves a reversal of power and a decision to embrace transient beauty over life itself, and how art preserves that beauty in eternal, if dead, form.

Aphrodite: Moeurs antiques by Pierre Louÿs

pietre With illustrations by Frank J. It is the story of a much-admired though fictional Alexandrian courtesan, in the reign of Berenice II of Egypt i. Nightocelot rated it it was amazing Jan 28, This book is beautiful in many ways, but is disappointing at times.

TEG of If it is multi volume set, then it is only single volume. Borel,”Collection Nymphee”.

Aphrodite: Book One

And it is for this reason that after two thousand years we are able to gauge the nothingness of Spartan virtue, and declare, following Renan’s exhortation, that we “curse the soil that bred this mistress of sombre errors, and insult it because it exists no longer. The cities where the legislator has attempted to implant a narrow, unproductive, and artificial virtue have seen themselves condemned to ;ierre death from the very first day.

This book is available free through Project Gutenberg: It may remind you of Flaubert’s ‘Salaambo,’ though of course Flaubert evidently was much more into violence and sadism than sex per se.

The plot is fairly straightforward.

Ancient Manners; Also Known As Aphrodite by Pierre Louÿs – Free Ebook

Very much worth your while to seek out, I assure you. Black Recased in half morocco over marbled boards. Book is without other marks or writings, pages are clean and book is tight and sturdy. May 26, Czarny Pies rated it liked it Recommends it for: Those expecting Manara to have converted Louys’ sensual story into a graphic novel may be surprised that this is not the case.

A strikingly handsome copy.

Everything all bound up into one fairly mesmerizing experience. Limited and Numbered Edition. His passion for Chrysis undergoes an interesting transformation as the story proceeds, hinging specifically on a detailed, symbolic dream he experiences near the climax. All the cities that have reigned over the world, Babylon, Alexandria, Athens, Rome, Venice, Paris, have by a general law been as licentious as they were powerful, as if their dissoluteness was necessary to their splendour.


Literature only reaches the utmost limit of its seductiveness when it gives occasion for jealousy – not the petty feelings that constitute envy of one writer for another, but the searing, tumultuous emotion that demands wi Ah! No signatures or bookplates. Mark rated it really liked it Jan 02, Helena Basto rated it really liked it Dec 01, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Dust jacket 1″ chip upper left corner front panel; few small spots; jacket is a bit short. In aphrodihe ways this book seemed ahead of its pierre s, though I read the s English translationparticularly for the frankly tender portrayal of lesbian characters, but for racism it’s pretty firmly of its time — the kind where you get the sense that the author thinks he’s being progressive but every description of a beautiful woman with brown skin makes it clear that she’s beautiful in spite of her skin color instead of because of it or even just treating it neutrally.

I respect it for what it has done.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. New York [Libra, C], Aphrodite By Louys, Pierre. An puerre lesion of Epicureanism.